Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Comic Con 2012

Dad Paul is a huge geek...comics, sci-fi, superheroes, gaming, the whole thing.  He managed to get a group of friends together for this year's comic book convention, in costume no less.

The kids thought they were very silly, dressed up and acting goofy.  They even got into the act.

Spiderman and Spidergirl

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Preschool Graduation and Year-End Program

Not only did Logan graduate from preschool but it was also my last year as the director of the preschool.  It was an amazing day and I felt so loved and blessed.  Looking at Logan actually singing and dancing, he's come so far in such a short time.

With Ms. Marsha

With Ms. Gail

Kindergarten Bound!
After the students came in they performed several songs with some including sign language.

After the program, the Senior Class had their graduation ceremony.  The students had been asked what they wanted to be when they grew up and I announced that as they walked across the stage to get their diplomas from Ms. Gail and Ms. Marsha.  I choked up reading Logan's...he wants to be a dad just like his Daddy.

After the graduation, I gave a short speech, highlighting my 8 years as the director and all the blessings it had afforded me.  I almost made it through without crying.  The teachers and parents gave me a beautiful charm bracelet plus several gift cards.  I will miss my time at New World but am excited about this next chapter.


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cousin Kaitlyn's Party

Kaitlyn had a Pumpjama Party for her birthday.  The kids dressed in their favorite pj's and got to jump and slide.  The cool part was that they had different rooms, and moved us from one to the other.  In the second room, they turned out the lights, gave everyone glow sticks and had music jamming with laser lights.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Baby Birds

We had an amazing experience this spring when a mockingbird built a nest in our rose bush right outside our back window.  We noticed that one of the cats was particularly interested in the window and when we looked this is what we found.

There were 4 blue speckled eggs in it.  Within a few hours, they started hatching.  Logan came running in to tell me and at first I thought he was confused, but sure enough, one was out of the egg and another was working it's way out.  All 4 were out by nightfall.

Every morning the first thing we would do is climb on the couch to see how the babies were doing.  We would watch the momma and daddy fly back and forth bring bugs and worms for the babies to eat.  One day I noticed that one of the parents had a garden snake in it's beak.  He then proceeded to give it to one of the babies.  It took awhile, but that baby managed to eat the whole thing.  I was sure it would choke, but I guess the parents knew best.

As we watched each day, the babies became fluffier as there feather grew in and they got much bigger with all the food the parents were bringing them.

We did some research and found out that the babies would leave the next after about 12 days and spend some time on the ground before learning to fly.  We saw one leave the next and it ran around our backyard for a day (luckily Wrangler was at the groomers most of the time).  The parents were definitely protective.  One of them swooped by me when I got too close trying to see where the baby was.

In the picture above the baby was sitting at the bottom of the rose bush where 2 branches forked.  Sometime during the night all the babies left the nest and we never saw them again.  We were sad they were gone, but it was truly an amazing 2 weeks!